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Date:October 13, 2014
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LWC releases Louisiana employment and wage data for 2013

BATON ROUGE— Louisiana employment and wage annual data for 2013 are now available on the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s website,

The data contain 2013 covered employment and total wages by North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) sectors and sub-sectors for the state and by NAICS sectors for all parishes. The information comes from quarterly tax reports submitted by all employers subject to the Louisiana Employment Security Law and from supplemental reports giving parish data submitted by employers with multiple locations.

According to the data, the average covered employment in 2013 totaled 1,894,054. This indicated an increase of 1.3 percent compared to 1,869,962 in 2012. Average employment increased in 36 of the 64 parishes in 2013 from the previous year. The highest average weekly wage for all industries was reported in St. Charles parish at $1,205, followed by Plaquemines parish at $1,195 a week.

The report also shows that:

• Total wages for 2013 were $83,358,829,530, an increase of 2.9 percent from the revised 2012 figure of $81,008,400,766.

• The 2013 average weekly wage for all industries was $846.

• Average reporting units increased by 751 to 126,029 in 2013.

Employers seeking plant sites can use the report to compare employment and quarterly wages paid by industry in potential locations. Market researchers use the report for market and consumer analysis. Public and private organizations use it in the administration and evaluation of manpower for programs and policies.

To access excel files for the 2013 annual employment and wages go to our website at, select Labor Market Information, scroll down the page and click on Employment and Wages Annually.

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